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Comparison of treatment outcomes in neck pain patients depending on the sex of the chiropractor: a prospective outcome study

Overview of attention for article published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, July 2017
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Title
Comparison of treatment outcomes in neck pain patients depending on the sex of the chiropractor: a prospective outcome study
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Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12998-017-0149-8
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Janine Thöni, Cynthia K. Peterson, B. Kim Humphreys

Abstract

The high percentage of female chiropractic students in Switzerland suggests a future sex shift in the chiropractic profession in Switzerland. Thus the purpose of this study is to determine if male and female chiropractors achieve the same treatment outcomes in neck pain patients. Included in this prospective outcomes study were 849 patients with neck pain of any duration. Prior to the first treatment, baseline demographic data, the Bournemouth Questionnaire (BQ) and the numerical rating scale (NRS) for neck and arm pain were completed. At the follow-up time points of 1 week, 1, 3, 6 and 12 months, the Patient's Global Impression of Change (PGIC) scale to categorize the actual 'improvement' and the BQ and the NRS for neck pain were completed. The Chi-square test compared the proportion of patients reporting 'improvement' between male and female chiropractors for each time point. The unpaired Student's t-test compared the BQ and the NRS actual and change scores between patients of male and female chiropractors at all time points. Demographic factors were compared between the sexes using the Chi-square test. Proportionally more patients of female chiropractors reported 'improvement' at 1 month (p = 0.035) and significantly more pain reduction at 3 months (p = 0.040). Patients of male chiropractors presented with significant older age (p = 0.0001), higher levels of baseline neck pain (p = 0.012), a lower proportion with radiculopathy (p = 0.014) and less pain medication use (p = 0.046). Female chiropractors achieve at least equally satisfying treatment results for neck pain patients compared to male chiropractors. Female chiropractors also have a higher proportion of female patients compared to male chiropractors and patients presenting with radiculopathy and using pain medications. Not applicable for this type of study.

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Unknown 19 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 3 16%
Other 2 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 11%
Student > Master 2 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 11%
Other 3 16%
Unknown 5 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 6 32%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 21%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 5%
Sports and Recreations 1 5%
Psychology 1 5%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 6 32%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 July 2017.
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#2,778,092
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